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When someone dies, there are some things you have to do by law.
Tell the person’s doctor, if they don’t already know. If the death is sudden or unexpected, contact the police.
You should also choose and contact a funeral director, if you want to use one.
This must be signed by a doctor. If the coroner is involved, they will tell you what to do.
You usually need to formally register a death within 5 days. You’ll need to make an appointment, which will be conducted over the telephone. The signed medical certificate showing the cause of death will be sent by the doctors to the Register Office. You can call our contact centre on 01925 443322 to arrange an appointment. If the death is COVID-19 related, please call 01925 442194.
After you register the death, you’ll be given the certificates and forms which you’ll need to arrange the funeral and to deal with the person’s affairs and their estate.
You’ll need to decide what kind of funeral it will be, where it will be, what you’d like to include in the service, and whether it will be a burial or cremation. Check the person's will for any special requests. Find out more about planning a funeral.
You should also contact the executor of the will so they can apply for probate if necessary. Probate is the legal right to deal with the person’s property, money and other assets.
You may be able to get some help from the government with funeral or living costs:
Tell Us Once is a service that lets you report a death to most government organisations in one go. When you register a death the registrar will: